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for change has come. [captioning made possible by nbc universal] chris: barack obama gets propelled out of charlotte. how does it look from here to the first the bait? the two candidates start the final stretch head-to-head with only a slight edge to obama. but it's important according to gallup poll, the one leading at this point usually wins. what's best for hillary? if she hopes to become president, is she better off if the barack obama wins or loses? if she sees the economy taking off, she wants barack obama for another term. if she sees a weak economy ahead, she wants romney to win. trish rebegan with us, a.p.a.j. hunt and politico's john harris. the president didn't say how his sec term would be different. opting instet to rouse the troops. >> our friends down in tampa at the republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with america. all they had to offer is the same precipitations they've had for the last -- presippingses they've had for the last 0 -- prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. deficit too high? tax cut. feel a cold
things better? >> is a perennial questions in elections and the case of romney against obama. explicitly and implicitly, the president has to answer that charge. they have tried in chicago for the last year to say this isn't just a referendum on us. it's a choice. you're going to hear that framing throughout this convention in charlotte. i will say, i think they're going to do more to try to go back and litigate his record that people now expect or that they have done previously. i think you're going to hear more about, again, about how bad things would be now if he hadn't done the things he did. chris: the republican nominee who has accepted the nomination, mr. romney, governor romney, did he sell, in all of the talk about business, we need a businessman. did he sell his superior ability to fix the competent, do you think this week? >> the speech was light on policy details and towards the end, he did start talking about a plan to create 12 million jobs in america. some economists will say that's was going to be created anyway over the next few years. he talked about a need to make amer
on this dangerous terrain and will voters remember how we look doing it. master and commander, barack obama didn't walk in bearing foreign policy experience and neither did a host of governors like ronald reagan and bill clinton. both earned it in office. could governor romney compete in this league? and obama's luck. he was lucky to run against john mccain who declared the state of the economy strong when lehman fell. with the economy weak is obama lucky again that business with mitt romney has changed the subject? i'm chris matthews. with us david ignatius. the bbc's katty kay, "the new york times'" helene cooper and national journal major garrett. foreign policy is the defining issue in this most critical presidential election. barack obama is a democratic president who holds the high ground on national security and that became a problem for governor romney in his charge that the president projects weakness to america's enemies. when he got the nobel peace prize at the beginning of his term, the president decided to use that stage to make clear that even though he was elected as an opponent o
we'll be back at 6:00. >>> on this sunday night, high stakes. team obama unleashes a full-court press on the road to the convention. tonight chuck todd and andrea mitchell on what the president needs to do. >>> new evacuations in the gulf. the storm is gone but tonight the danger isn't over. >>> deadly summer in one of america's biggest cities. how residents are fighting to take back the streets. >>> they're going for gold once again tonight in london with kate middleton there cheering them on. >>> and in the doghouse. good dogs, bad behavior and pet owners around the world adding their canine criminals to the lineup. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. president obama is on the campaign trail tonight hitting states that are sure to be hotly contested and sharpening the attacks and talking points that are likely to frame this week's democratic convention in charlotte. that will include the charge that mitt romney and republicans are pushing failed eco
. everyone is saying it comes down to the debate. with no drama, will obama give mitt romney the opening. will he swing wild enough to let romney turn it around. will he keep the bouts low-key and low risk. war and remembrance. it's the 10th anniversary for me and our intrepid band of journalists. we celebrate the moments and a political sound bite hall of fame. hi, i'm chris matthews, welcome to our 10th anniversary show. the "washington post" bob woodward, the bbc's katty kay, nbc's kelly o'donnell, and "time"'s joe klein. first up on this 10th anniversary show, mitt romney's losing weeks has conservatives panicked. they might lose to the president who was vulnerable, but this could trim conservative sales. could they keep stone walling the president as the country gets closer to that fiscal cliff? the stone walling did unite republicans until now. bob woodward's new book, "the price of politics" quotes the president, there were very prominent republicans in the caucus who told me to my face that the view in the caucus was getting a deal with me would ensure my re-election. bob woodwar
last weekend of summer and a lot of kids are heading back to school, president obama and the democrats are preparing for their big moment. it is their turn to make their case that the president deserves four more years. their convention opens tomorrow in north carolina, and tonight as thousands of democrats descend on the city of charlotte republicans have already begun their counterattack, asking a question that we've heard before -- are you better off now than you were four years ago? we have two reports tonight beginning in charlotte with our political director and chief white house correspondent who is down there somewhere chuck todd. good evening. >> good evening, kate. while the republican convention was designed to reintroduce the country to mitt romney as a person this democratic convention is getting off to a bit of a defensive start as the obama campaign seems to be struggling with touting improvements to the economy without looking insensitive to the millions still struggling. gathering in charlotte to make the case their economic vision is better for america than the one ou
for the tyranny of a mob. >> but in this highly charged campaign environment, new questions about how the obama administration should respond enter the political debate. >> the administration was wrong to stand by statements sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in egypt instead of condemning their actions. >> this morning, we'll talk to a key member of the president's foreign policy team, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. >>> also this morning, an exclusive network interview with a key player in the middle east, the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu. have relations between his country and the u.s. have hit a new low over the looming nuclear threat from iran? >> those in the international community that refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. >>> sorting out u.s. options in the middle east, consequences for the region and the political impact in november. our political roundtable. joining us, the first muslim elected to the u.s. congress, democratic representative from minnesota, keith elliso
on education where today we heard from both president obama and mitt romney, a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear them both out on one issue in the same day, something they say should be a big national priority. both men crisscrossed new york today, both made news during their travels. romney in what he told us, and his visit with bill clinton and president obama who stepped before the united nations general assembly talked about the recent violence against americans and explained a few things about our country to a global audience while putting some in the audience today on notice. we begin with our chief white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. president obama and mitt rom jammed as many meetings as they could today in a whirlwind trip to the big apple. while they didn't trade too many barbs, they did draw a contrast on serious issues and even less serious issues. the centerpiece of the president's visit to new york, his speech to the u.n. general assembly, focusing on the unrest in libya and the middle east. at times emotional. >> the
. and word this morning that the president obama has ordered evacuation of tunisia and sudan and the pentagon has deployed forces in several areas to in an increased effort to protect u.s. person nell and property from the potential of violent protests, the latest consequences of this troubling unrest. joining me now for the very latest, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. ambassador rice, welcome back to "meet the press." >> thank you. >> the images, as you well know is jarring to americans watching this play out this week, and we'll share the map of this turmoil with our viewers to show the scale of it across not just the arab world but the entire islamic world. and flashpoints as well. in egypt, of course, the protests outside the u.s. embassy there that egyptian officials were slow to put down. this weekend in pakistan, protests as well there. more anti-american rage. also protests against the drone strike. in yemen, you had arrests and some deaths outside of our u.s. embassy there. how much longer can americans expect to see these troubling images and these protests go
obama, 47% to 46%, where both have been tracking since april. the president is hoping for more from his own convention getting under way in charlotte. that's where we find our steve handelsman, live with the latest. steve? >> hi, jessica. good evening. charlotte north carolina, democratic national convention, and democrats, gather in this big southern city there is a bit of a debate under way. should president obama a, mostly run on his record. or b, mostly promise a better second term. it was clear today his choice is a. he need their votes to win ohio, a key battleground. so president obama reminded auto workers at a toledo rally he bailed out the auto industry. i believeden you. i belt on yt on you. i will make that belt any day of the week. and because of that bet, three years later that bet is paeg yi off for america. >> vice president biden made the same point and more. >> osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive! >> in charlotte, michelle obama checked out the convention hall where she speaks tomorrow night. outside democrats gathered and debated what barack obama ough
michelle obama, making the case in primetime for four more years for the president. >> announcer: from nbc news, "decision 2012." the democratic national convention live from charlotte, north carolina. >>> good evening from charlotte, the arena home to the bobcats. tonight it is noisy and about the democrats. we get our first primetime glimpse of the message they have planned. days after tampa, 63 days until the election and a lot has changed as we said at the top of the broadcast since the days of hope and change, the last democratic convention in '0 #. tonight we hear from a man billed as a rising star, young mayor of san antonio and from a more established star, first lady, michelle obama. our team is in place for all of it including the largest fleet of white house correspondents, current and former. for starters in the booth, tom brokaw, david gregory, savannah guthrie. david, we heard the jimmy carter tribute, ted kennedy tribute, mayor, governor of massachusetts lit up the crowd. how would you put the excitement level vis-a-vis tampa? >> it is high. on night one. enthusiasm is key.
for barack obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's president obama? >> and here is some of the polling, as i know you've seen, mayor emanuel, which is this, the question of are you better off or worse off? 69%, nearly 7 in 10, saying things are either the same or worse than when the president came into office. you inherited a recession, you tried to fix parts of it. but what do you say to americans who think you just can't deliver? that the president can't deliver the better economy that they want and they expect? >> no, first of all, let me flip back. this is a lesson about a clear choice. one person who said, when it came to the auto industry that had literally two weeks left before it was going to lapse and implode, let detroit go bankrupt. the president had another four-letter word -- or four-word statement, not on my watch. one guy who said i want to give tax cuts to the best and well-off in our country, another president -- a different view, the president, i'm going to make sure kids who start going to college get tax credits and support so they can go to college.
. and as of tonight, the nation is still at war. president obama, the incumbent, now has an opponent to run against. this is the chance for obama/biden to make their case against romney/ryan. to ask americans for their vote again. tonight we'll see the keynote, and then hear from first lady michelle obama. and with that ahead of us, let's go to our political team here in charlotte. four white house correspondents, current and former, beginning with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd down on the floor of the north carolina delegation. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. if the republican convention was all about trying to present mitt romney's softer side, the democratic convention has a different goal for the president. shoring up key parts of his voting coalition. tonight the target, hispanics and women. as workers inside the hall put finishing touches on the convention stage, democrats prepare to appeal to two key constituencies, women and hispanics, that favor the president but lack the enthusiasm they had for him four years ago. leading the charge on women, miche
bill clinton makes a spirited case for president obama's re-election. >>> demolition dust-up. spectators scramble when a cloud of dust shifts their way after a building demolition in france. >>> and lucky ducks. heart-stopping video shows a family of ducks' treacherous heart-stopping video shows a family of ducks' treacherous trip across a busy highway. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with a rousing defense. former president bill clinton was greeted like a rock star last night at the democratic national convention, delivering a speech which ringingly endorsed president obama and answered accusations launched at last week's republican convention. nbc's tracie potts is live for us in charlotte. she has more on this. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. he is arguably the strongest voice in the democratic party right now. last night he was right here explaining why he thinks the current president needs four mo
-time weekend between the republican and democratic conventions has given both mitt romney and president obama plenty to say as they crisscross the country today. romney fresh off his nomination, trumpeting the anti obama themes in this gop convention. the president on the road to charlotte today reminding voters of what republicans didn't talk about. in a moment we'll check in with ron mott and the romney campaign. we'll begin with kristen welker on the trail with the president in sioux city, iowa. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. with the democratic national convention just a few days away, president obama is aiming to build momentum in key battleground states like right here in iowa where he's making his seventh visit so far this year. >> hello iowa! >> reporter: president obama kicking off his road to charlotte campaign in iowa, the state that first launched his presidency four years ago. >> it was you, iowa, who kept us going when the pundits were writing us off. and it will be you, iowa, who choose the path we take from here. >> reporter: polls show a tight race
unknown barack obama into the spotted light. could we see the same tonight. . >> this guy did train there in the bay area as an undergraduate. he only got there because of affirmative action, he said his s.a.t.s weren't really good enough to go to stanford. but joaquin castro and julio castro the twins went on to go to law school, one's running for congress and the brother who gives the keynote address tonight is the mayor of san antonio, texas and they say their story the like barack obama, he went to harvard law and he gave the keynote address, and they're julio is going say with a strong endorsement tonight that america should re-elect barack obama. but all that said, despite the bay area connection, it's got to be michelle obama who's going to really fire up these democrats tonight, and they hope, outside of this hall, despite of the fact that the economy did not fire up today and that plagued barack obama. >> well now come to order. >> reporter: the democratic convention began in charlotte without president obama. he went to norfolk and did not mention the economic news. factor
today," personal appeal. first lady michelle obama makes a passionate case for her husband's second term. >>> crash course. a car slams into a restaurant on its very first day of business. >>> and out of this world. nasa gives kids a chance to name >>> and out of this world. nasa gives kids a chance to name a piece of cosmic history. captions pd for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with cheerleader in chief. at the democratic national convention in charlotte last night, first lady michelle obama delivered an impassioned speech designed to both to sway wavering voters and light a fire under the party's base. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from charlotte. she has more on this. tracie, good morning to you. >> lynn, good morning. aids tell us michelle obama was very involved to putting this speech together. it was a fiery start to the convention and we have more coming up tonight. democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton. th
>>> tonight the main event here in charlotte. after powerful warm-ups from michelle obama. >> we must work like never before. >> and bill clinton, just last night. >> you must reelect president barack obama. >> tonight joe biden leads off and then the president makes his case for re-election. 3 f2 >> aquÍ estÁ brian williams. the primetime address by president obama and the beginning really of the final push, when americans wake up tomorrow morning, this election is suddenly 60 days away. now, as you know, the president's surrogates from the first lady to former president bill clinton have laid the groundwork for tonight and shortly we'll hear from vice president joe biden and then, of course, president barack obama. we were not supposed to be in here tonight. we were supposed to be across town in the football stadium. you see it there live, for what was supposed to be an outdoor celebration for upwards of 65,000 people, but the risk of rough weather was too great. it came through here late this afternoon. as of tonight, you can second guess this all evening. jim cantore, where
in tampa. arguing the president has fallen well short of his goals. >> president obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans. and to heal the planet. my promise is to help you and your family. >> now it's the president and the democrats who counter in charlotte. the issue, taxes and spending. debt and entitlement programs like medicare, and key voting groups like women, and latinos. making the case for the white house this morning, an architect of mr. obama's first term, now the mayor of chicago, rahm emanuel. also, a special discussion on the politics and strategy of the race. by showcasing ann romney and offering more personal details about himself, did romney forge a new connection with undecided voters? and how will president obama defend himself and his record this week when he takes the stage thursday night? with us, former republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. nbc's tom brokaw. "new york times" columnist tom friedman. presidential historian doris kearns goodwin. and the former ceo of hewlett-packard, now working to get more republicans elected to the senate t
>>> this morning on "early today," riding a wave. president obama gets a post-convention boost, while mitt romney makes surprising comments on health care. >>> house of cards. explosives reduces a texas tower to rubble within seconds. >>> and cyber snare. why searching for this "harry potter" star online could be hazardous to your computer's potter" star online could be hazardous to your computer's health. potter" star could be hazardous to your computer's health. >>> hello, and very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. a new poll finds president obama enjoying a post convention bounce in popularity. according to a poll of likely voters, 40% favor president obama while 43% prefer his republican rival mitt romney. tracie potts has the latest from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. rasmussen and gallup over the weekend show a 40% increase for president obama over mitt romney. not so surprising over the convention, but this was a surprise. the only thing more surprising than this is the fact that scott vanduzen a big fan president obama -- he said
of charlotte, where we last saw you just last night, president obama, after launching his reelection effort, was hit head-on by the economic reality today even though 96,000 jobs were added to the u.s. economy in the month of august, and even though the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1%, both the need and expectations were greater than that. and so with economists using words like "anemic," that affected what the campaign was hoping would feel much more like a post-charlotte victory lap. the economy remains the big issue in this campaign. and we begin our coverage of all of all of it tonight with white house correspondent kristen welker traveling with the president in iowa city tonight. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. well, president obama left charlotte this morning with the vice president and first lady to hit pivotal swing states, and he tried to cast that jobs report in a positive light. campaigning in new hampshire, mr. obama took the long view on jobs. >> today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, business o
. the election linked to the economy. and jobs are a hot topic. president obama will address the nation this evening. and that will be followed by the jobs report which will be released tomorrow. that jobs report gives us an indication how the economy is recovering or declining. nbc bay area's scott budman joins us now with more details. scott. >> reporter: the news today is in many ways a gift to president obama. better even than a bill clinton or michelle obama speech. this group of numbers on the screen is what democratic operatives have been dreaming about for months. a huge stock market rally going into the president's turn to talk tonight. it doesn't have anything to do with politics, really. it's because of increasing hope for a better economy and a red-hot tech sector here in silicon valley leading to the highest nasdaq close since 2000. even better news and at least bigger news expected tomorrow, that's when the august employment report is released. a survey of economists today predicting fairly strong job growth. that optimism is why stocks went up so much today and it's what
, will president obama's economic policies shift to the center? if he wins, my conversation with the man who knows. >>> and a wall street watering hole where you still may find that three-drink lunch, harry's cafe. >>> and can she make the move from party-girl to mogul? "the wall street journal report" begins right now. >>> this is america's number one financial news program, "the wall street journal report." now, maria bartiromo. >>> but first, here is sue herera, with some of the stories and the headlines this week. over to you, sue. >>> thank you, maria, here is a look at what is making news as we head into a new week on wall street. it was a disappointing jobs report for the month of august, the labor department reported that the economy just created jobs well below the expected. but the unemployment rate fell to 8.3%, because fewer people were participating in the labor force. revisions showed that 41,000 fewer jobs were created than first reported. mario draghi announced plans to help to fight the fiscal crisis in europe. and the ecb will buy government bonds with three years of make maturit
a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "world news america" katty kay. and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. with both sides in full preparation mode for wednesday's first presidential debate, the struggling romney campaign is recalibrati
>>> on our broadcast tonight from charlotte the stage is set for president obama's acceptance speech. one night after the last democrat in the white house lit up the gathering. also tonight our conversation today with first lady michelle obama on her husband, the opposition, and the constant struggle to keep things normal for two daughters at home. >> you have to balance trying to keep their lives normal with allowing them to experience history. >>> also tonight an air scare. a plane turned around in mid air, a passenger handcuffed, and then we learn the real story. air, a passenger handcuffed, and then we learn the real story. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. with the fall election now 60 days away from the democrats here in charlotte it all comes down to tonight. after a long wind up and one brief cameo appearance on stage last night, tonight they get to hear from president barack obama who will make his case for re-election. this entire event is something of an audible. we were supposed to be outdoors in the football
governor romney is conveying. >> do you think president obama has not said to a group of donors, look, there are certain segments in the electorate that are not going to vote for me? why not see it as political analysis? >> i don't think that's what the president said or ever said. what he's done is govern for all of the people. the president has, you know, he's advanced policy that is are not popular with his base. he did them because he thought they were important for the future of this country. it's the leadership we need. >> let's talk about the issues, the 47% get to. the question of government dependence as you referenced, here are snapshots nationally that raised eyebrows and governor romney talked about. you talk about food stamps. 47 million americans on food stamps up from four years ago. here is a broader picture from the wall street journal over time, if you go back to the early '80s and look at the trajectory, 49% receiving some kind of government benefit. is government dependent at a place where it's out of control? >> well, david, i think where we are is too many people
>>> this morning on "early today," moving forward. president obama presents his vision to the country as he accepts the democratic nomination. >>> murder verdict. ex-cop drew peterson is convicted of the 2004 murder of his wife kathleen savio. >>> and a rare display. harry is an apache helicopter >>> and a rare display. harry is an apache helicopter pilot. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. and today we begin with the final countdown. with election day just two months away, the end of the democrats' convention last night marks a fresh starting point in the race for the white house, nbc's tracie pots joins us from charlotte with more on this. >>> they're breaking down now. it was a packed house. it was at capacity early in the evening, hours before president obama spoke. ♪ make it easy on me now >> reporter: after a final night of music, jokes. >> i know it's an empty chair. it makes you nervous, doesn't it? >> reporter: and speeches includin
president barack obama. it's a dramatic shift from four years ago when he campaigned furiously for his wife. steve is live with more for us. good evening, steve. >> reporter: let's go back four years ago to talk about a change that will look pretty different that they've had to make today. four years ago when barack obama gave his first acceptance speech, it was grand, some said grand yois, outdoors at mile high stadium in denver. this year these democrats dream and hope that something similar, and without it they say it can't happen. president obama arrived in charlotte as the news spread. he'll give a speech thursday night, the high point of the dnc, in the main convention venue, time warner arena, not in bank of america stadium that's three times larger but exposed. the chance of rain is 30% to 40%. >> clearly team obama felt that having this thing drenched in a thunderstorm outweighed the benefits they got in denver for a big outdoor crowd. clint eastwood showed them when it's undercut by circumstances. >> reporter: republicans charge democrats just couldn't fill the stadium. >> i think
>>> this morning on "early today," opening day. first lady michelle obama gets set for center stage at the democratic national convention. >>> gentle giant. hollywood mourns the loss of oscar-nominated actor michael clarke duncan. >> and naughty no more. england's prince harry steps out out for the very first time england's prince harry steps out out for the very first time since his naked ro in vegas. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with convention kick-off. the democratic national convention officially begins in charlotte tonight where first lady michelle obama will take the stage and try to convince undecided voters that her husband deserves a second term. nbc's tracie potts joins us live with all those details. she's in charlotte for us. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. behind the stage where it all gets started tonight, the stage where we will see michelle obama, but not where we'll see the president. he's going to b
, north carolina. the site of the democratic national convention where president obama says he will offer what he calls a better path forward. nbc's steve handelsman is in charlotte with the latest. >> reporter: arriving in charlotte for the democratic convention delegates from florida will boost their efforts in the biggest battle ground. >> florida is a tough state. it's going to be down to the wire. >> reporter: >> what is nice about the convention it wraps everybody up. >> reporter: charlotte has become a kind of obama fest. >> we're very excited. students in general. >> reporter: college democrats in town grateful the president kept rates low on student loans. >> he helped him, i'll help him. we're in this together. >> reporter: president obama is crisscrossing battle ground states on the way to charlotte. today colorado talking about his gm and chrysler bailouts. >> i bet on american workers and american manufacturing and today the u.s. auto industry has come roaring back. >> reporter: he defended obama care. >> i don't know exactly what the other side's proposing, i guess you call
, a surprise appearance from president obama, setting the stage for his big moment tonight. >>> rough seas. hurricane leslie gaining strength, as partial remnants of isaac reemerge in the gulf of mexico. >>> and, oops, a building implosion goes off without a hitch until a huge cloud of dust and debris engulfs a crowd of onlookers. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" at the democratic national convention with matt lauer, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, and savannah guthrie, live in charlotte, north carolina. >>> and welcome to a special split edition of "today" on this thursday morning. good morning, everyone, i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. >> and i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, you look at that implosion video. someone clearly forgot to do the old which way was the wind going? we'll show you more of that in just a little while. >>> meanwhile, president obama already had a lot of pressure on him with his speech tonight. now he's got a really tough act to follow after what was an enthusiastic and powerful
in the presidential election. specifically, the way romney talked about president obama's supporters, about americans who benefit from government programs, hispanics and the situation in the middle east. the way he talked about citizens who see themselves as victims, pay no income taxes. he went on to say his job is not to worry about those people. politicians speak differently when they think they're speaking in private, as all of us do. as mitt romney did. today his remarks were called stupid and arrogant. that was from a fellow republican. romney stood by his words, while admitting they weren't elegant, they were, however, impactful. it's where we begin our reporting tonight with peter alexander, traveling with the romney campaign in salt lake. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. romney's only scheduled events today were fund-raisers. but here at a luncheon in salt lake city, he made no reference to the controversy that is now surrounding his campaign. top advisers insist that romney believes voters are more concerned about economic issues that affect their lives than any
begin with campaign battleground. president obama and mitt romney are campaigning in the swing state of florida today, where both candidates will likely play up their policy on immigration and trade more jabs over comments each has made in the past. nbc's brian mooar has details for us live from washington. brian, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. the romney campaign is pulling a page from the 2008 playbook accusing president obama of trying to redistribute the wealth. as president obama and mitt romney cross paths today in the critical battleground state of florida, their war for the white house has shifted to a skirmish over videotapes. romney's assessment of obama supporters secretly recorded during a private fundraiser earlier this year is still causing problems for his campaign, so republicans are firing back. they're using a 1998 recording of then state senator barack obama talking about making government more efficient at a loyola university chicago conference. >> i think trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources a
votes, president obama pressed hard on immigration, specifically did he break his promise? >>> and who does the president think is the real mitt romney? >>> also this evening, the new polling numbers on the status of this race in three critical states. >>> what really happened in the attack that killed our ambassador in the consulate in libya? was it a protest gone bad, or terrorists? school lunch, when breakfast is normally served. why tonight, schools are serving lunch at hours that makes no sense >>> and allergies, why people who never complained before are suffering right now. >>> also tonight, making a difference report, nightly news begins right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, it won't bring back the u.s. ambassador or the three other americans who were murdered, including two former navy s.e.a.l.s, but tonight, what happened the night they died, the storming of that u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, is being labelled the terrorist attacks. that was not the initial story we begin with what it does mean. our chief correspondent, andrea mitchel
death in a car crash after a wild night on a party bus. >>> tough talk. president obama speaks out about the violence in the middle east. >>> and self-driving cars. they get out of the lab and on the bay area streets. the new law making robo cars street legal. >>> how soon will we see the bridges across the bay area? a hazy start. we will check in with christina loren with the forecast for today. you are watching nbc bay area. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. marla is off today. >> i'm jon kelley. it is a crash that changed one family's life forever and a push to change the law. >> that family is praising lawmakers and the governor for creating tougher restricts for party buses. we have christie smith who spoke with the family about the reaction to the new law. >> reporter: good morning, laura. doug and linda studebaker wrapped up the press conference. their 19-year-old son was killed after partying on a party bus. today, they are celebrating preside the fact that governor jerry brown signed the bill into law. it is called the brett studebaker law. he was
wavering for coaches, players, and fans. jay gray, nbc news. >>> president obama and republican candidate mitt romney campaign today in the important battleground state of ohio. yesterday president obama addressed the united nations general assembly where syria and iran took center stage. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. >> reporter: good morning. the focus ohio, as you said, a key battleground state where the president now has a big lead. >> i accept that people will call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >> fresh off his speech at the united nations, president obama heads to ohio today with an eight-point lead according to "the washington post." mitt romney is there today, too, talking jobs and taxes. >> is there anybody who thinks that raising taxes will help grow the economy? >> no! >> his plan is to continue what he has done before. the status quo has not worked. >> romney attacking someone on taxes? that's like me attacking someone for being fashion nat in politics. >> reporter: romney is at a two-day bus tour with his running m
presidential debate. tonight inside the obama and romney debate camps. how the candidates are preparing for the showdown. >>> making the case. the supreme court begins. >>> and carmageddo 2. what happened this weekend when one of the busiest highways in the countries was shut down. how did california cope with its freeway car free? >>> good evening from the joint command headquarters of the international security assistance force in kabul. we have been traveling through this country all week trying to take measure of this war, another insider attack has left a u.s. soldier and an american civilian dead. that brings the death toll to 2,118. so far this year, 267 have been killed. 31 of those killed at the hands of afghan police and military members. insider attacks. tonight against the backdrop of next month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the m
creation will be a big issue this election year and this report could hurt any momentum president obama gained following that democratic convention. rep kuublicans are going to use this as proof the economy is not improving quickly enough. as president obama leaves charlotte for a campaign event in new hampshire, he's preparing to encounter bad news about the jobs created last month. >> 100,000 jobs, that's a disappointment. expectation was somewhere between 125,000 and 150,000. >> reporter: equally concerning for economists is the unemployment rate. it dipped slightly to 8.1% as more people gave up on finding a job. vice presidential candidate paul ryan is blaming president obama. >> this is not even close to what a recovery looks like. we would need to actually have 150,000 jobs created just to keep pace with population growth. this is not what president obama promised. >> reporter: already mitt romney's campaign has released 15 ads in eight key states attacking obama's jobs record. >> this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. >> reporter: pr
it was ann romney, tonight it was michelle obama's turn to talk to the nation about her husband. she says barack obama as president is still the same man with the family values she fell in love with. >> we must work like never before. and we must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward, my husband, our president, barack obama. >> comments brought a lot of people to their feet and tears. steve handlesman has more on the message the first lady and other democrats delivered during day one of the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. >> we're here! >> the women of america are h e here. >> reporter: from their convention tonight they turned to first lady michelle obama who was worried about going to the white house. >> i loved our life with our girls and i deeply loved the man i built that life with, i didn't want that to change if he became president. >> reporter: the president watched from the white house with their daughters. keynote speaker san antonio mayor julian castro tried to help, he's a mi
're seeing around europe. and i have a plan that does that. >> and we get his reaction to president obama's stinging criticism during his convention in charlotte. >> now, our friends down in tampa at the republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with america but they didn't have much to say about how they'd make it right. >> the fall campaign is now in full swing with new disappointing job numbers sharpening the debate over the economy. will americans blame the president for a high jobless rate or give him for mour years to solve the problem? a rising star in the democratic party this morning who gave the keynote address at the democratic convention. mayor of san antonio, julian castro. >>> author and radio talk show host, bill bennett. columnist for "the washington post," and our political director, chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. this weekend i spent time with governor romney on the campaign trail for an exclusive two-part interview on the state of the race and what specifically a romney presidency would mean for the country. we met up
not have a big impact on americans' political views. the poll comes as president barack obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney are increasingly using their facebook page and other social media sites as campaign tools. from most users, researchers say political material is just a small portion of what they post and read. only 36% of those surveyed said social networking sites are very important or somewhat important in keeping up with political views. >>> and you can bet the social networks will be buzzing with political chatter tonight. first lady michelle obama will take center stage at the democratic national convention, just about two hours from now. nbc bay area's steve handelsman is live in charlotte, north carolina. steve, the bar is high for this speech. >> reporter: thanks, janelle. good evening from the dnc. democrats hope michelle obama helps. they know the polls are close. they know the president's likability, according to the polls, has been fading in the past few days. they hope social networks help. they've actually been posting some -- no surpri
it's a sad and precautionary tale about gun safety. >>> president obama's united nations address began with a tribute to chris stevens. mr. obama called on the world leaders to join him in condemning the violence that killed stevens and three american staffers in the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the president then explained to world leaders why the u.s. cannot ban a youtube clip blamed for much of the violence in the middle east. the clip insults t s ths the pr muhammad. >> as president of our country and commander in chief of our military, i accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >>. [ applause ] >> president obama said there is no speech that justifies mindless violence and promised stevens' killers will be brought to justice. the president also discussed hope that concerns over iran's nuclear programs can be addressed through diplomacy. >>> from heartache to hope, it's a bittersweet day for a peninsula family whose loss of a child could help save the lives of others. doug and linda studebaker spoke a
, if president obama is re-elected, you're not going to see our unemployment picture change dramatically. you're not going to see us create the jobs we need to create or the rising incomes people need. >> this is just a wild guess but i don't think either one of you were looking for any souvenirs from charlotte. but i actually did bring one. okay? i brought one. this is a bumper sticker that i found. it says, bin laden is dead, gm is alive. obviously this is one of the big tag lines, bumper sticker line from the obama campaign. why is that not a good bumper sticker for the president? >> well, i don't know that that's going to get him the support that he wants but of course he deserves credit for giving the order for the s.e.a.l. team to go after bin laden and take him out, that's absolutely right. with regards to gm, we'll probably get a chance to take a closer look at that. general motors should have gone into bankruptcy earlier. president resisted that for six months. i said let them go into bankruptcy. help them come out but let them go in. i don't think most americans know that gm went ba
>>> right now at 5:00, president obama continues to fire back at the gop following the republican national convention. the latest jabs from the campaign trail. >>> and we catch up with a bay area delegate just days before he attends the democratic national convention. >>> and two bay area homes gutted by a major blaze. how a local firehouse could have made a difference. >>> good evening, to you, i'm kris sanchez, diane is off tonight. we begin tonight with decision 2012. just days before the democratic national convention, republican presidential nominee mitt romney is comparing president barack obama to a failed football coach, but as nbc's steve handelsman reports, the president is firing back as the contest moves to big battleground states. >> reporter: starting a preconvention tour of swing states, president obama went to iowa, where he got his first win in '08 on his way to the democratic nomination. so, he asked, did you watch the republican convention? >> don't boo. vote! >> reporter: mr. obama charged mitt romney and paul ryan offered an obsolete message that lacks specifi
suddenly opened up between president obama and mitt romney. the president making a bounce in florida where he tried to pivot the conversation away from high unemployment and on to an area that he hopes to prove to be governor romney's achilles heal. romney told our david gregory what part of the president's health care law he would like to keep in place. kristen welker joins us from west palm beach with more on all of that as well as what has to be the picture of the day. >> reporter: good evening to you. we will get to that picture in a moment. the candidates over taxes and medicare as president obama opened up a lead in what has otherwise been a razor tight race. campaigning in florida today president obama tried to turn the focus to medicare. >> i want you to know, florida, i will never turn medicare into a voucher. >> reporter: the president is enjoying a post convention bump, the latest galup poll showing him up. romney disclosed he would preserve the most popular parts of the president's health care plan, something he said before but went into more detail today. >> i'm not getting ri
offended. >>> the president obama match the energy and impact he had four years ago at the democratic convention? >> reporter: on his way to the democratic convention, president obama surveyed hurricane damage in louisiana. and injected politics. noting the joint federal/state effort was sharper during isaac than during hurricane katrina, under republican george w. bush. >> sometimes in the past we haven't seen the coordination that's necessary in the response of these kinds of disasters. this time, we've seen it. >> reporter: in charlotte, michelle obama visited the convention hall where she speaks tomorrow. outside, democrats held a street fest and talked strategy. >> jobs. that's what it's all about. people want to know that there's going to be something to look forward to. >> reporter: in ohio, at a labor day rally of steel and auto workers, president obama looked back at the jobs he saved. bailing out gm and chrysler. >> i stood with american workers. i believed in american manufacturing. i stood by you. i bet on you. >> reporter: mitt romney took labor day off. paul ryan held a
you're fired up already. >> obama is still trying to capitalize on romney's comments from an unwanted video. many republicans believe romney needs to sharpen his tone. >> i want to see fire in the belly. >> reporter: democrats are already trying to fire up their base, challenging romney on his tax planning. >> he hasn't been straight. >> reporter: with several states allowing early votings, michelle obama called the right to vote the nation's most important civil rights issue. >> this is the sit in of our day, sitting in a phone bank, sitting in your living room calling your friends, neighbors, that nephew you haven't seen in a while. >> reporter: publicly both campaigns have been trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponents debating skills. the first debate is right here in denver. >> chuck todd joining us tonight from new york. chuck, is it clear what mitt romney needs to do to jump-start his campaign. >> i think what the romney campaign believes he has to do is that peter described what he has done this morning and that is preparing for the debate. he's spent by
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